Sweet Roasted Vegetables // Healthy Holiday Side Dish Recipe

This weekend I was invited to attend one of my best-friend, Lauren's, Canadian Thanksgiving dinner. I have never celebrated Canadian Thanksgiving, so this was an event I was looking forward to, very much. I offered to bring a side dish but when it came time to decide what to bring, I was stumped. A salad is always my go-to, but no one ever eats salads when there are other, more delicious dishes to partake of. What I needed was a healthy holiday side dish that would be too good to resist...

Enter my Sweet Roasted Carrots and Green Beans Side Dish recipe. I came up with this as I wandered around the grocery store, just searching for inspiration, and I'm so pleased with how it turned out. It is completely delicious and made a big statement at the party - especially when served on this gorgeous wood chevron cutting board.

How to make the Sweet Roasted Carrots & Green Beans Side Dish:
5-6 Large Carrots
3 handfuls Green Beans (so technical)
1 Garlic Clove
2 tbsp Olive Oil
1 small Apple
1/3 cup Asiago and Parmesan Cheese
1/2 cup Apple Smoked Bacon
Herbs of Choice

Begin by pre-heating your oven to 400° F and placing your uncooked bacon onto a baking sheet (no need to grease). Once your oven has fully heated, bake the bacon for 20 minutes (for extra crispy). While your bacon is baking, peel and chop your carrots, mince your garlic, chop your apple and herbs, and chop off the ends from your green beans. Place your vegetables onto a baking sheet and toss with the olive oil, then top with garlic, herbs, and apple slices.

Once your bacon has finished cooking, simply remove the pan from the oven and replace it with your vegetable pan. Roast your vegetables for 15-20 minutes, until they are tender. While that dish is roasting, chop up your bacon (mine was so crispy I almost didn't need a knife - just how I like it) and set it aside. Once the vegetables have cooked, remove them from the oven and place them onto your serving tray. Top with asiago and parmesan cheese while it's still warm, to melt the cheese, then add the bacon bits. Serve warm.

So, if you're heading to a holiday party here soon and are stumped on what dish to prepare, give this one a try! It's incredibly easy, quick, and of course - delicious!

P.S. I've been obsessed with that little blue bowl in the pictures (I bought two). You can snag your own here.


Fall Bright Eye Makeup Tutorial

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It's been a long time since I have done some serious eye makeup. My day to day look includes mascara, and that's it, which I'm pretty sure makes me the exact opposite of the typical makeup artist. But I just try to do my best at accepting the natural-me. However, every once in a while, I decide to go all out and get fancy with my makeup, like I used to. This look is meant to enhance my eyes and make them shine, and well, according to my coworkers, that's exactly what it did. It's really too bad I don't have a video of when one of my bosses stopped her serious conversation to talk about my eyes. It was hilarious!

But bright eyes don't always come naturally. Sometimes, whether it be lack of sleep, dehydration, or other circumstances, our eyes just seem to refuse to shine. That's where Clear Eyes® Pure Relief™for Dry Eyes comes in. A few drops of this before I apply my eye makeup and my eyes are instantly rejuvenated. Not only is Clear Eyes® Pure Relief™for Dry Eyes the number one selling brand, but they're also the first preservative free eyes drop in a multi-dose bottle available for retail in the US. So now it won't just be your eyes shining, because your whole being will shine knowing you're choosing a product that is better for you.

So, here's how to get my Bright Eyes for Fall Makeup Look...

First, start with a couple drops of Clear Eyes® Pure Relief™for Dry Eyes, in each eye. If you struggle to use eye drops, try placing the drops into the inner corner of your eyes and letting the drops roll into your eyeball. That's how I got the hang of it when I first used eye drops.

Now you're ready for makeup!
Using a large blending brush, apply a nude colored shadow from lash line to brow bone.

Next, using a paddle shaped brush, apply a honey-colored eye shadow to your lid, only.

Follow that with a large crease brush and a dark-peach colored shadow, applied across the crease of your eye.

Now for the fun parts... Using a flat, synthetic haired brush, gently place a dark-rose colored shadow into your crease and drag it out to aline with the edge of your eyebrow.

Using the same brush, apply a chestnut colored shadow in a thin line across your crease and along the underside of your dark-rose shadow.

Now, using a very thin, liner brush apply a black clay eyeliner across your lash line. Once you have a solid line from corner to corner, you're going to extend the line up and out, perpendicular with your eyeshadow line. Once that line has been applied, bring the liner back to your lash line at a slight angle, creating your cat eye.

Once your liner has dried, apply your favorite mascara, being sure to cover your lashes completely, from root to tip.

Finish your eyes off with a bit of your highlight color, applied just under your brow (gently so it doesn't flake onto your lashes) and in the inner corner of your eye. Next, apply your favorite lipstick in the perfect autumn-nude shade, and you're done!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! I sure did, and it made me want to put a little more effort into my makeup more often than currently do. Now, get out there and shine, lovelies! Because you are beautiful and should feel like it, too. And when you're not quite feeling that "shine", there's Clear Eyes® Pure Relief™for Dry Eyes to the rescue! Be sure to use THIS COUPON to receive $3 off your purchase of Clear Eyes® Pure Relief.

What's your number one beauty tip or hack?


Traveling Europe // The Town of Cob

Read Pt. 1 // 2

My second evening in Ireland was spent exploring the town of Cob, Cork (pronounced "cove"). I was amazed at this little seaside town and its colorful buildings. It was everything you imagine a European town to be - as if it was taken straight from a postcard. The most interesting part about Cob is that it was the last town where the Titanic docked before setting off for America. Unfortunately, the Titanic museum and restaurant were both closed as it was a Monday, but just being there felt like I had stepped back in time.

to be continued...


Minimalist Fall Fashion

I used to live a life where my outfits were colorful, unique, and honestly, most probably didn't make any sense. But as I grow up, I find it's more than just me that's maturing. My wardrobe has definitely followed suit, meaning simpler lines, more practical pieces, and neutrals colors.

This look has been on repeat for me this Fall. It's such an easy one to wear and is perfect for days when I just don't feel like putting any effort in to getting ready (ahem, that means every day). I bought this sweater in London and knew it would become my favorite sweater. It's obnoxiously oversized, has a funnel neck, and is the perfect shade of fall grey. Pair it with my most comfortable jeans and shoes, and my easy day bag, and I'm good to go.

sweater - zara
jeans - eddie bauer
shoes - avarcas usa
backpack - herschel
watch - c/o daniel wellington
bracelet - Ireland souvenir
ring - mineral and matter

What's your go-to fall outfit? Feel free to leave a link to a blog post if you have one up. I'd love to see your looks!


Grow It Girl

I have this constant struggle with myself on whether I want long hair or short. It seems that I always want what I currently don't have - go figure, right? As you may remember (because you remember everything I do, right?), almost two years ago I chopped my long hair off to a bob. I loved it, of course, as I always do. It felt healthy and fresh. But as time went on I began to miss my long hair and wished I could simply put it in a ponytail or a side braid. So, like all hair stories, I began the process of growing it out - yet again - only to desperately want to chop it all along the way.

Now that my hair has reached an actual "long" length, I am beginning to love it again. And while patience has been the biggest tool in this process, I'm almost positive that Grow It Girl played a part in some sudden and major growth my hair has seen this last month and a half. It seems as though my hair grew overnight - and I'm not the only one who noticed!

Each time I wash my hair I simply spray the Grow It Girl (which is all natural, btw) all over my roots while my hair is still damp. (I part my hair to make sure I am actually spraying my roots and not just near it.) Then, I comb it through my hair and let the Grow It Girl do its thing.

If you are looking to kick your hair-growing process into high gear, be sure to snag yourself some Grow It Girl - It works wonders and smells amazing, too!
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